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Chautauqua Marina good stewards of Chautauqua Lake

August 1, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - Chautauqua Marina, acting as a good steward of the environment and an environmentally conscientious business, installed a waste water catch basin in the spring of 2011.

Waste water and storm water runoff is a problem for many lakes dumping debris and pollution into waterways. The permanent boat wash and storm water runoff installed at Chautauqua Marina is a pollution prevention system.

Chautauqua Marina is the only marina in Chautauqua County that has installed a waste water catch basin. The boat wash pad measures 40' x 45'. The wash pad catches all waste and wash down water directing it through a series of underground pipes and filters to the Town of Chautauqua Sewer System preventing any of it from entering our Mud Creek or Chautauqua Lake.

The filters also catch and contain any grease or oil residue. These filters are changed and "recycled" via Safety Clean Corporations oil recycling program. This system will actually help to reverse decades of environmental degradation caused by the flow of toxic wastewater into waterways.

"The Marina takes the cleanliness and ecological health of its surrounding waterways very seriously," Ken Shearer, president of Chautauqua Marina, said. "The livelihood of our business and the enjoyment of our children and grandchildren are dependent on us acting as good stewards of the Lake. We feel that being the only Marina in the area to undertake and complete this project is a huge step toward leading the way to a cleaner lake."

Senator Catharine Young visited the marina during the "Lake Day" National Marina Day Celebration in August of 2011 and plans to attend the 2012 "Lake Day" National Marina Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 4 to present the youth fishing contest awards at Chautauqua Marina.

The "Lake Day" Schedule of Events:

2012 National Marina Day Celebration, or Lake Day, Saturday, Aug. 4

10 a.m., registration free youth fishing contest

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free boat safety checks USCG Auxiliary

10:30 a.m., free youth fishing contest

Noon, youth fishing prizes and awards presented by New York State Senator Catharine Young. Free hot dogs for youth fishing contest and class participants.

12:30 p.m., free musky fishing seminar, "Muskies Chautauqua." Musky fishing on Chautauqua Lake. Presented by Mike Sperry, Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Guide and Tackle. Limited to 50 persons.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., "Healthy Landscaping, Healthy Waters" demonstrations by Jane Conroe, CWC Conservationist. Conroe will provide some landscaping tips to help protect the watershed. Come see examples of simple ways you can help in your own back yard. Native plants will be available for purchase.

Safe boating class offered for a fee on Aug. 3 and 4.

Register for the free seminars and free youth fishing contest or the safe boating class by calling Chautauqua Marina at 753-3913 or stop by the Marina. All events and seminars will be held at Chautauqua Marina, 104 West Lake Road in Mayville. For more information call Chautauqua Marina at 753-3913.

"Lake Day" is presented by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the Chautauqua Lake Association, the Chautauqua Lake Management Commission and USCG Auxiliary. "Lake Day" is sponsored and hosted by Chautauqua Marina during the National Marina Day Celebration.



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